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Entitlement Women’s Progress and Patriarchy Myths in Modern Society

The concept of entitlement has been a topic of discussion in recent times, particularly as it relates to young men and the education system. This article explores entitlement in the context of the education system, grade inflation, and the great disappointment, which creates an unreal world for young people to inhabit.

The article also examines the progress that women have made in society and the intersection of the issues faced by women, men, and families.

Entitlement and Reality

The Education System and Grade Inflation

The education system is designed to prepare young people for real-world challenges, but it has inadvertently created a sense of entitlement among some students, especially young men. Grade inflation, which is the practice of awarding higher grades than students deserve, has contributed to the entitlement culture.

Some young men believe that they are entitled to good grades without putting in the required effort, leading to the phenomenon of “grade As” and second-class upper degrees. The education system’s grading system is meant to be an objective measure of a student’s knowledge and ability, but it has become a subjective exercise.

Grades are no longer an indication of academic performance or ability, rather they are a commodity that can be bought, traded, or earned through other means. Those who are unable to meet the standard required to earn good grades may feel entitled to them as a reward for showing up to class, participating in extracurricular activities, or paying tuition fees.

The Great Disappointment and Unreality

Entitlement culture has created an unreality that young people inhabit. The great disappointment is the realization that the real world is not as accommodating as the online world they inhabit.

Reality demands hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, which are not part of the culture of entitlement. Childhood and adolescence are the ideal times to learn the skills required to navigate the complexities of the real world, but entitlement culture has created a world that is unreal, without boundaries, or consequences.

The online world is a realm where anything and everything is possible, a place where you can be what you want to be and do what you want to do. However, the online world is an illusion, a place where reality is suspended, and consequences are not real.

It is the perfect environment for the proliferation of entitlement culture. The young people who are immersed in the online world are experiencing an unreality that breeds entitlement.

Women’s Progress

Men’s Rights in Parenting and Family

Women’s progress is one of the most significant achievements of the 21st century, but progress has come with a price. Men have been left behind, and their rights as parents and within the family structure have been largely ignored.

Women have won the right to maternity leave, but men have been denied the equivalent time off, creating a gender divide that further perpetuates patriarchal stereotypes. Men, like women, want to have the right to be involved in their children’s lives, to be able to take time off work to care for their children, and to enjoy the same rights as women within the family structure.

The male role in parenting and family life is too often ignored, and this has an impact on the development of children and the stability of families.

Overlapping Issues Faced by Men and Women

The issues faced by men and women overlap to a significant extent. For instance, Zimbardo and Coulombe argue that men experience difficulties in expressing their feelings, which leads to an increase in mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicide.

These issues are compounded by online networks, which can be both a refuge and a trap for those who are struggling with mental health issues. Men and women face similar challenges within romantic relationships, sexual health, and sexual identity, which are often shaped by societal norms and expectations.

Men and women are facing a crisis of masculinity and femininity, which is leading to confusion and conflict in relationships. The intersectionality of these issues means that solutions must be found that benefit both men and women.

Conclusion:

Entitlement and the great disappointment represent a problem in modern society, which is creating an unreal world for young people to inhabit. The education system and grade inflation contribute to entitlement by creating a culture where grades are rewarded regardless of academic performance or ability.

Women’s progress has been remarkable, but men have been left behind, and their rights as parents and family members have been largely ignored. The issues faced by men and women overlap to a significant extent, and solutions must be found that benefit both men and women.

Patriarchy Myths

Disadvantages faced by men due to patriarchy

Patriarchy is a system that has perpetuated myths about gender roles and has been detrimental to both men and women. While women have borne the brunt of this system, men have also been disadvantaged in several ways.

One of the ways that patriarchy has disadvantaged men is in socialization. Men are encouraged to be aggressive, competitive and taught that expressing emotions is a sign of weakness.

Men are taught to suppress their emotions leading to increased risks of depression and other mental health problems. Patriarchy also contributes to issues faced by men in STEM subjects and higher-paying careers.

Men’s dominance in the STEM field can be traced back to historical events such as the industrial revolution when men had more opportunities to work in the field than women. The lack of representation of women in STEM perpetuates the belief that men are more suited to these fields, which is not only untrue but discourages women from pursuing careers that would be economically beneficial.

In higher-paying careers, men are often selected over women purely on the basis of their gender. Patriarchy has perpetuated the myth that men are better suited to certain jobs than women, leading to economic disadvantages for women.

However, men who do not fit the mold of what is perceived to be desirable and expected of men may also be at a disadvantage. Issues affecting men’s lives more than women

While the effects of patriarchy on women are widely discussed, there are several issues that strongly affect men.

One of these is the cultural expectation of men to bottle up their emotions. Society has perpetuated the myth that showing emotions is a sign of weakness and that men should be stoic and unemotional.

Men often keep their emotions bottled up, which can lead to severe mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Sexual violence is another issue that strongly affects men.

While women are more likely to experience sexual violence, men are also at risk. Men who do experience sexual violence may be unable to get help or receive support due to social stigmas that exist about men’s ability to experience sexual violence.

Incarceration rates are also an issue that strongly affects men. Men are more likely to be incarcerated than women, making them much more susceptible to the negative effects of the criminal justice system, such as joblessness, poverty and a lack of social support.

Men are also more likely to be the victims of violent crime, which can further exacerbate these issues. The pay gap is another issue that affects men more than women.

The pay gap in industries where women are predominantly employed, such as the care industry or teaching, remains considerably low compared to those which are predominantly male, such as engineering or finance, perpetuating the belief that men should be breadwinners.

Economic Downturn

Increasing cost of living

The economic downturn has led to increased costs of living, which are impacting almost everyone. The cost of living has a direct impact on the standard of living in a society, and the effects of cost increases are felt by everyone from employment opportunities to mental health.

Inflation affects both low-income and high-income earners, but it impacts the former disproportionately, causing a widening gap between the rich and the poor. The rising cost of housing, for example, has contributed to an increase in homelessness and mental health issues, trapping people in a cycle of poverty.

Rising poverty exacerbates issues with mental health, making it more difficult for people to break out of the cycle.

Effects on relationships and young men

The effects of the economic downturn on relationships and young men are significant. Young men are finding it more challenging to find employment, with many limited to low-paid and precarious work.

The pressure to be the breadwinner in a family is affecting both men and women. Men are affected by the pressure to provide for their families and keep up with societal expectations of masculinity, which can lead to mental health struggles.

The unemployment crisis and the rising cost of living have a significant impact on relationships. The financial strain that couples are facing due to the economic downturn leads to increased conflict and potentially the breakdown of the relationship.

The pressure on young men to find ways to cope with the issues is high and could involve people resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol which only exacerbates their mental health issues. Young men, in particular, are struggling with increased pressures on a daily basis, such as worries about job security, career development and their future existence.

Added pressure on young people, to deal with mental health concerns during the pandemic, can culminate in further complications associated with conforming to societal pressures. Conclusion:

Patriarchy myths have contributed to the struggles of both men and women, although society tends to highlight how women are affected.

Men bear the brunt of the myth that they should be breadwinners, expected to secure a stable career before creating families. Economic downturns are intensifying as raising the cost of living has become more unbearable and significantly affected unemployment rates and relationships, specifically for young men.

It is necessary to break away from societal expectations for men and women and create a world that recognizes the individual’s abilities and not their gender. In conclusion, this article emphasized the importance of addressing issues related to entitlement, women’s progress, patriarchy myths, and economic downturns.

Society needs to acknowledge the effects of patriarchy on both genders, and men are affected in several ways. The economic downturn and rising cost of living have had a ripple effect that affects the overall well-being of individuals, leaving them to experience mental health crises and relationship troubles.

Collective efforts are needed to create a world that is fair and inclusive. FAQs:

1.

What is the impact of grade inflation on the education system? Grade inflation contributes to a sense of entitlement among young men and discourages them from working hard to earn their grades.

2. How does the great disappointment create an unreality for young people?

The great disappointment encourages children to live in a world where reality is suspended, and consequences do not exist. 3.

What are the disadvantages that men face due to patriarchy? Patriarchy socializes men to suppress their emotions, leading to increased risks of mental health issues, and they are disadvantaged in STEM subjects and higher-paying careers.

4. What are some of the issues affecting men’s lives more than women?

Men face issues with bottling up emotions, sexual violence, incarceration rates, and the pay gap. 5.

How does the economic downturn affect young men and relationships? Rising cost of living leads to joblessness, poverty, and pressure to provide as breadwinners, which negatively impact young men’s mental health and could lead to breakdowns in relationships.

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